Category Archives: Taxes

Four Facts About S-Corporation Distributions

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Your LLC is up and running. You’ve figured out the benefits to being taxed as an S-corporation and have placed yourself on the payroll. Not to be unreasonable, you took steps to make sure your salary would be acceptable to the IRS should they choose to review it. Now that your company is profitable, how do you get that profit into your pocket without creating tax headaches?Here are four facts you need to know about distributions from an S-corporation. 1. &nb […]

What is Use Tax Anyway?

Learning about taxes your business needs to pay is exhausting.  From the employer’s portion of FICA, federal unemployment, state unemployment, sales tax as well as the other requirements parallel to taxes like annual filing fees, licenses and workman’s compensation, owners’ eyes glaze over as they weigh the complexities and time requirements of tax compliance.​When you look at these taxes in the aggregate, they act like opportunistic mosquitos slowly pricking […]

Are Meals Still Deductible?

It’s a beautiful day.  The birds are chirping, the sun is shining and you are meeting a client at a restaurant. Not just any restaurant, mind you, but a nice one. This one has high ratings, exceptional service and four “$”s next to it on Yelp.Yes, its good to be in business so you can live like a king.  Getting the business to pay for your meal is genius. But then you vaguely remember the talking heads on cable television discussing a tax law cha […]

The IRS Tattletale Program

No one ever likes it whether on the playground or in the mafia movie. Nothing good happens to these people. In the movies, as soon as you see it, you know the character is doomed. They get a reputation as someone who can’t be trusted at best and “swim with the fishes” at worst.Rat. Nark. Snitch. Tattletale.​Regardless of the context the terms are never positive.  These shifty eyed people are always watching their backs and covering the […]

Do I Need to Pay Estimated Taxes?

Congratulations! Your company is established and thriving.  ​After the long years of studying, working and building your business, in addition to your salary, your business is now providing distributions and income as a fruit of your investment.  Because you have set a reasonable compensation plan as well, your business is creating ROI on your labor, meaning the owner (you) is profiting on the employees’ labor.Chances are good, now you will need to pay quarterly esti […]

What is Basis?

Every profession has them.  Names, words, jargon or acronyms that only people in the profession use.  The words are designed for insiders to communicate with insiders.  The mere mention of the words keeps outsiders at bay.Tax accounting has more than a few.  Amortization, bonus deprecation, MACRS, any phrase containing the word “section” and of course, the word “basis”. ​The insider jargon makes accounting all but impossible to unders […]

Did My Practice Get a Tax Cut?

With the tax cuts passed in December of 2017 and most of them taking place in tax year 2018, many professional practices are asking if they received a cut. While the cuts were broad and impacted most industries, there are some who will see no business tax cut. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) gave the individual taxpayer a reduction in rates, reduced the number of brackets, almost doubled the standard deduction and made all sorts of problems for individuals in high tax states, b […]